| | Re: Evap Purge Valve
Yep, should be up front, between the battery and the engine. Mine went bad and although I never smelled gas (mine stuck closed) it made my engine run ratty as hell. Picked my whole assembly up at the local Ford dealer (solenoid, and all hoses) for around $100. (Nobody locally carried them aftermarket, how strange). Replaced in about 5 mnutes. I would recommend replacing the hoses that got to and from the valve as well, mine were getting ready to rot away.
Edit: forgot to mention that the evaporative cannister is forward and below the battery tray, check the cannister out real good. a broken nipple or a cracked cannister could be causing your gas smell as well.
1996 Mazda B2300 SE
5 Speed Stick
(Well it's almost a Ranger!)